ABC News’ Devin Dwyer ( @devindwyer) reports: President Obama has seen a significant erosion of support for his re-election in the key 2012 battleground of Pennsylvania, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
A majority of registered Pennsylvania voters –- 52 percent -– now say Obama does not deserve a second term. Forty-two percent said they would like to see Obama re-elected in 2012.
In head-to-head match-ups with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Obama is tied.
Voters preferred Romney to Obama, 44 to 42 percent. When matched with Santorum, they opted for Obama 45 to 43 percent. The margin of error is +/- 2.7 percentage points.
Six weeks ago, Obama held a seven-point lead over Romney and 11-point lead over Santorum in the same poll.
“Any good poll is a snapshot of public opinion, and this survey shows President Barack Obama at a low point just before a major announcement on the national debt limit, after a long and bitter debate,” said Tim Malloy of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a statement.
Malloy said it’s still unclear whether resolution of the debt crisis will help improve Obama’s standing or whether Obama will remain in trouble in the Keystone State.
Obama won 54 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania in 2008. And while the state has gone blue in every presidential election since 1992, it's expected to be hotly contested in 2012.
One bright spot for Obama in the poll: while 54 percent of voters disapprove of the president’s job handling, significantly more disapprove of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, 68 and 67 percent respectively.